Why we love legumes!

Considering the health benefits of legumes, they ought to be known as “healthy people’s meat” instead of “poor people’s meat”, as they’re often called.

Also known as beans or pulses, they belong to an extremely large category of vegetables, containing more than 13,000 species and are second only to grains in supplying calories and protein to the world’s population.

Compared to grains, though, legumes supply about the same number of calories but usually two to four times as much proteins.

Despite their small size, beans pack a surprisingly rich and varied array of substances that are vital for good health.

Although it’s important to get all the amino acids, both essential and non-essential, it’s not necessary to get them from meat. In fact, because of its high unhealthy fat and cholesterol content – as well as the use of antibiotics and other chemicals in the raising of poultry and cattle etc, it is best to avoid animal derived food sources completely.

Beans, peas and lentils all belong to the legume family. You may also hear them called pulses, which is just another word for edible seeds. While their nutrient profiles vary a little from one legume to the next, most of them provide minerals, such as iron, magnesium and zinc. They all share two common characteristics: they’re excellent sources of protein and fiber.

Rich Source of Protein

Legumes provide more healthy protein per serving than other types of food. Beans, peas and lentils have about 15 grams of protein in a 1-cup serving. Women should get 46 grams of protein daily, while men need 56 grams every day, according to recommendations established by the Institute of Medicine. Based on these guidelines, a 1-cup serving of legumes supplies 33 percent of women’s and 27 percent of men’s daily protein.

Fiber for Heart and Digestive Health

Legumes are at the top of the list for sources of fiber. The insoluble fiber they contain prevents constipation. They also have soluble fiber, which helps keep blood sugar balanced and lowers the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream. Fiber’s ability to prevent cardiovascular disease is so important that the Institute of Medicine determined the recommended intake – 25 grams daily for women and 38 grams daily for men – based on the amount needed to protect against coronary heart disease. The fiber in legumes varies slightly, but most varieties provide about 16 grams in a 1-cup serving.

There are several different health benefits associated with the regular consumption of legumes. Some of them:

  • Reduction of cholesterol levels in the blood
  • Regulating the levels of blood glucose for diabetics
  • Preventing cancer and reducing its risks
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving the function of the colon
  • Curing constipation, piles and other digestive related problems

The benefits of eating sprouted legumes apply not just to adults, but also children. Many people avoid eating this food type, mainly because they are not aware of the various legumes health benefits. Moreover, if cooked incorrectly, some legumes can be quite bland and tasteless. Fortunately most legumes are quite versatile, which is why they can be added to any dish, ranging from salads to soups. Many innovative parents also increase the nutritional value of dishes such as pizzas and pastas, by adding legumes to them.

Benefits of Legumes For Women

Studies show that women who eat legumes, like soy bean, regularly, are less likely to develop breast cancer in comparison to others. Moreover, most legume varieties are high in iron. They boost the iron stores in women who are menstruating & may be at a risk for iron deficiency.

There are several health benefits that have been associated with legume.

Legumes Nutrition Facts

Most health experts advise people to include a fair amount of legumes in their diet, mainly because this food type is high in several important nutrients.

  • Most legumes, like lentils and beans are high in selenium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and folate.
  • Certain varieties of beans, like soy bean, are packed with an anti-inflammatory compound known as saponins. This compound lowers the cholesterol levels, boosts the immune system and protects the body against cancer. However, cooking beans excessively destroys the saponins present in them.
  • For those who are vegan, legumes are one of the best forms of protein (not the only though, protein comes in many plant forms! ). Unlike meat, most legumes are low in cholesterol and fat, which is why they are much healthier in comparison.
  • The flavonoid content in some beans like garbanzo, work as healthy oestrogen and help relieve the symptoms of menopause in women
  • There is a significant amount of fiber present in legumes, because of which they improve digestion. Other nutrients that are found in legumes include vitamins, iron, starch and lime.

The number of calories may vary from one type of legume to the other. Given below is the caloric count for some of the common types of legumes:

  • Garbanzo beans (4 ounces) – 75 ounces
  • Kidney beans (4 ounces) – 94 calories
  • Boiled black eyed peas (4 ounces) – 120 calories
  • Baked beans, sugar-free (4 ounces) – 125 calories
  • Cranberry beans (4 ounces) 170 calories
  • Adzuki beans, sweetened (4 ounces) – 270

There is a lot of additional legumes nutritional information easily available through various resources, like online websites. Please do search further!


Though most of us are aware of the fact that legumes are good for health, many of us do not know the exact nutritional value of this food type. Most types of legumes contain 20% to 25% protein. The protein content in legume is therefore, almost twice as much as what is found in rice and wheat. Another advantage of consuming legumes on a regular basis is that the digestibility of the protein is also quite high.


Carbohydrates can be divided into two types, depending upon their chemical structure. Simple carbs, usually present in sugar, enter the bloodstream at a very fast pace and provide your body with instant energy. However, the energy boost provided by simple carbs is usually followed by a crash. Complex carbs take longer to enter the bloodstream, but they provide the body with a steady source of energy. Therefore, complex carbs are much better for your health, as they prevent weight gain or cardiovascular problems. Legumes are an excellent source of complex carbs, which is why they should be consumed on a daily basis.


Beans are usually rich in water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Some of the vitamins that can be found in various legumes include Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 and & K. Beans like pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans and lima beans can provide your body with more than 20% of the daily vitamin value per serving.


Legumes are high in dietary fiber, which cleanses the colon, as it passes through your digestive system. The regular intake of fiber can reduce any blockage in the digestive tract, thereby decreasing problems like bloating, constipation and nausea. The fiber content in legumes also lowers risks of colon cancer and unhealthy cholesterol levels in the body.


People who are diabetic are advised to reduce their intake of sugar and other foods that contain simple carbs. However, even if you are diabetic, your body requires some amount of carbs, preferably complex carbs, in order to get energy. Therefore, doctors usually recommend an increase in the consumption of legumes for diabetics. This is because the fat content in legumes is relatively low, as compared to many other foods. Moreover, though legumes are quite high in carbs, they contain complex carbs.

Recent studies show that a higher legume intake leads to around 40% reduction in the risks of developing type-2 diabetes. However, patients who are at a risk, or are suffering from diabetes, should consult a vegan nutritionist for daily recommended portions, before adding carbs to their diet. Consuming an excessive amount of any food, including legumes, could be quite harmful.


In spite of the fact that most legumes are highly nutritious, many people avoid them, mainly because they are a bit difficult to digest and can lead to the formation of excess intestinal gas. Fortunately, there are ways in which legumes can be made more digestible. Before cooking raw beans, you need to soak them in water, preferably for a couple of hours. Some varieties of beans, like chickpeas and kidney beans, should be soaked overnight before they are cooked. This helps removing some of the gas-causing substances, after which they become easier to digest.

Several people regularly consume legumes for digestion, so that they build up their body’s ability to process them. In case you are planning to do so, make sure that you start off with small quantities.


A food allergy takes place when the immune system in your body mistakes a certain food as being harmful and tries to fight it off. Then begins a process in which antibodies are produced, along with certain chemicals. It is the chemicals in the body that usually trigger off the symptoms of allergy. Several people are allergic to different types of legumes like nuts and soybean. In such cases, most health experts advise people to strictly avoid legumes for allergy control purposes. However, there are several foods that contain peanuts, peanut oil and soy products. Therefore, those who suffer from allergic reactions towards legumes should read all labels carefully, before consuming any foods.

Breast Cancer:

Several women check with doctors if they should consume legumes for breast cancer prevention. While legumes are highly healthy and nutritious, they do not specifically fight off breast cancer. However, they can improve a woman’s overall health and wellbeing, thereby reducing the risks of breast cancer.

For those women who are undergoing chemotherapy as a part of cancer treatment, constipation and other digestive problems are quite common. The fiber present in beans is also helpful in relieving some of the harmful side effects of chemotherapy. However, women are usually advised to avoid eating large quantities of legumes.


You can reduce the levels of cholesterol in your body, by consuming legumes on a regular basis. However, some varieties of legumes are better for cholesterol-reduction, as compared to the others. Given below are some of the most helpful legumes for cholesterol control:

  • Black beans
  • Black eyed peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Navy beans
  • Peas
  • Pinto beans
  • Soy bean
  • String bean

Legumes are a fantastic source of protein. Please do incorporate this wonderful healthy food source into your meal plan. Do have a variety in your vegan pantry, and always have some soaked, sprouted, ready, and prepared, on hand for your recipes!


~ Active Vegan ~


Dig in to the radish


Radishes are antibacterial, anti-fungal, and diuretic. They are rich in Vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins and are excellent for sinus congestion, sore throats, chest colds, asthma, and hoarseness. Radishes have the ability to dissolve mucus and acids within the body and expel gallstones from the bladder as well as cleanse the kidneys. Radish is also very helpful in preventing and fighting urinary tract and bladder infections. Eating radishes on a regular basis can help prevent colds and flus and they are a great anti-cancer food and are known to specifically benefit stomach, kidney, mouth, and colon cancer. Radishes are also good to eat with starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes, and grains as they have enzymes that aid in the secretion of digestive juices. The green leafy tops to the radishes are not only edible, but actually contain more vitamin C, protein, and calcium than the the radish itself. The green tops are highly nutritious and mineral rich and should be valued as much if not more than their roots. Radishes and their greens can be juiced for an excellent detoxifying drink that can soothe the digestive tract and cleanse the entire body. Added to salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and stews, radishes and their greens can add vibrant flavor and fantastic nutrition to support your health and body.

~ Active Vegan ~

Healthy dog food.

Many people are surprised to learn that not only can dogs enjoy vibrant health on a vegan diet, but just like people, their physical condition actually improves as a result of eliminating animal products and bi-products from their meal plans.

By genus, dogs may be classified as carnivorous, but metabolically, they are actually omnivorous. This means that their nutritional requirements can be adequately met with a plant-based diet – as they can source or synthesize all the nutrients they require from plant foods with supplementation. This is wonderful news for many of us who are already vegan and feel completely out of our comfort zone  feeding our companion friends unhealthy torture and cruelty. It therefore makes perfect logical sense to transition them for health reasons mostly but also in order to decrease our carbon foot print on the planet.

If you have never considered this option or thought that it was not possible then we shall with confidence help you in the right direction.  We have spoken to many vegans who have already done so and their canines are in perfect health! There is no reason why you can’t make the switch for them. It is very easy to cut meat, eggs and dairy from his diet for health and ethical reasons. With the vegan diet enjoying a positive widespread exposure, it should come as little surprise that  ‘pet’ owners might want to project those ideals onto their canine companions.

The health hazards of commercial meat-based:

The health hazards of commercial meat-based pet foods are extensive, and difficult to avoid. They  include slaughterhouse waste products; 4-D meat (from dead, dying, diseased and disabled animals); old or spoiled supermarket meat; large numbers of rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters; old restaurant grease, complete with high concentrations of dangerous free radicals and trans fatty acids; damaged or spoiled fish, complete with dangerous levels of mercury, PCBs and other toxins; pathogenic bacteria, protozoa, viruses, fungi and prions, and their associated endotoxins and mycotoxins; hormone and antibiotic residues; and dangerous preservatives. The combined results are rendered so delicious to cats and dogs by the addition of ‘digest’ – a soup of partially dissolved chicken entrails – that more than 95% of companion animals subsist primarily on commercial meat-based diets.

Unsurprisingly, diseases described in the scientific literature following long-term maintenance of cats and dogs on commercial meat-based diets include kidney, liver, heart, neurologic, eye, muscoloskeletal and skin diseases, bleeding disorders, birth defects, immunocompromisation and infectious diseases. Degenerative diseases such as cancer, kidney, liver and heart failure are far more common than they should be, and  many are likely to be exacerbated or directly caused by the numerous hazardous ingredients of commercial meat-based cat and dog diets.

Vegetarian diets: a healthy alternative:

On the other hand, studies and numerous case reports have shown that nutritionally sound vegan companion animal diets appear to be associated with the following health benefits: increased overall health and vitality, decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism, ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, lice and mites), improved coat condition, allergy control and less irritations, less dandruff or excess shedding, weight control, arthritis regression, diabetes regression and cataract resolution, improvement in breath and no stinky poos, longer life, and a general positive boost to their immune systems.

Creating a balanced diet that makes up for the loss of animal protein with substitutions of beans, soy and, to a lesser extent, vegetables and grains is key!

Many dogs with food allergies, benefit switching to a vegan diet.  They also avoid taking in animal by-products from commercially produced dog food, including slaughterhouse waste products and rejects that wouldn’t be fit for human consumption. We’ve seen so much cancer and other degenerative diseases in dogs in recent years so it’s easy to suspect that pet food is a contributor.

For those who have embraced a vegan diet for their dogs,  say they have living and breathing proof that it works.  Their dogs are normal, healthy, energetic and rambunctious!

The important thing is that you put together a well balanced  diet following a few easy guidelines that have been tried and tested over the past 30 years or so.  Today it is absolutely possible to find a good quality commercial vegan dog food from a reputable vegan supplier that doesn’t have animal products in it. Please check that they have gone through proper feed control trials. If you have the time and prefer to cook meals from scratch to save on costs, it is easy to do so, once again on advice from tried and tested recipes that offer all the nutrients and a good balance of essentials needed (this is much easier than you think).  We shall show you how.

You can now find all the vegan alternatives and you are able to produce nutritionally-balanced food for both cats and dogs.

Putting Together a Basic Meal:

At least a third to a half of your dog’s meal should consist of a quality protein source. The remaining portion can be made up of a variety of whole grains, raw and cooked vegetables, as well as certain supplemental items.  (please refer some of our suggested listing below).

The Vegan Dog Nutrition Association recommends that the base of the meal be comprised of soybeans, lentils, rice, oats and sweet potatoes. Pinto beans are the most non-allergenic food for vegan dogs, and (along with sweet potatoes and carrots),  they provide a good basis for their diet. Pinto beans and sweet potatoes can also be used exclusively for up to 6 to 8 weeks to determine whether your dog is suffering from food allergies.

Note: All legumes should be well-cooked (until very soft) and preferably mashed or puréed in a food processor.

Adding a sprinkling of sea vegetable flakes such as kelp or dulse helps to ensure a dietary source of minerals.

Dogs can enjoy fruit in small amounts  if they will eat it. Our dogs enjoy a variety of fruits, ranging from bananas, apples and orange, to watermelon! Just make sure that you don’t feed your dog fruit too close to a high-protein meal. The enzymes are different and can cause digestive discomfort.

Protein & Carbohydrates:

A dog’s protein requirement need is higher than ours. To ensure that your dog gets enough, make sure that approximately a third to a half of their meal consists of a high-quality protein source (such as well-cooked legumes – pintos, chick peas, soy beans, lentils, sprouted lentils, garbanzo beans, and split peas, tofu,  and tempeh (are all good).

Unless your dog requires a grain-free diet for health reasons, well-cooked whole grains are good sources of both protein and carbohydrates, as well as other nutrients such as B vitamins. We’ve found that whole grains in moderation work really well for our dogs, including brown rice, quinoa, millet, polenta (corn grits) or blended fresh corn kernels, oats, barley, and buckwheat.

Seitan (wheat-meat) is a high-protein vegan ‘meat’ made from gluten flour. Dogs absolutely love it, and (just like with humans) seitan can be a great help when ‘veganizing’ a formerly carnivorous dog. But since wheat gluten should not be consumed to excess, seitan ought to remain just an occasional treat for dogs as they are not very healthy to eat on a regular basis.

Enzymes & Beta-carotene:

Sweet potatoes, carrots and other orange-colored root vegetables are important sources of beta-carotene, and should be included on a regular basis (cut finely and/or mashed). Regular potatoes (in small pieces or mashed) are also fine to include on occasion, but they do not include this important nutrient. Dogs convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is a necessary nutrient that is hard for them to get elsewhere in a plant-based diet.

Other vegetables (also cut finely and/or mashed) are good to include whenever possible, for the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber. The best choices are pumpkin, squash, yams, carrots, and also other small bits of broccoli, brussels sprouts, cooked cabbage, etc. Raw, grated carrot and/or beetroot is good, as well as sprouts, and/or raw, dark leafy greens, finely chopped and mixed in well with their meals.

Some authorities recommend adding digestive enzymes to a dog’s diet, though this is not something we’ve had reason to be concerned about. The company Harbingers of a New Age sells a product called Prozyme; a supplement for dogs that contains all of the enzymes they require.

There are also some excellent supplements available for dogs, cats and other companion animals that are made from dark green leafy vegetables and other highly nutritious plant foods. One such product (which also happens to contain all the essential digestive enzymes as well as a comprehensive probiotic mixture) is called Green Mush, produced by Health Force Nutritionals. Green Mush is a whole food, green plant based powder, that includes large amounts of CoQ10, which is a powerful antioxidant involved in energy production and longevity. The owners of Health Force state that the product can be helpful for dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, ferrets, squirrels, other mammals and human animals too! Health Force Nutritionals is an excellent resource for both human and nonhuman nutritional needs.

Taurine, L-Carnitine & B12:

Vegetarian dog specialists and most companies that sell vegan dog food advise adding taurine and L-carnitine to the diets of vegan dogs. These are two amino acids that are naturally found in animal flesh, but do not naturally occur in plants. Dogs cannot synthesize these nutrients themselves. Deficiencies can be potentially serious, so a supplement is an important preventative measure. Both of these nutrients can be bought at your local health food store, and they are also included in many commercial vegan dog products.

Another supplement that we have included in our dogs’ diets is nutritional yeast; either Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula or Lotus Brands – both of which are rich in B vitamins, and are fortified with Vitamin B12. Whether or not you include nutritional yeast in your dog’s food, you should make sure that they receive an adequate source of B12.

Note:  Harbingers of a New Age provides a supplement called ‘VegeDog’, which provides two of these: Vitamin B12 and taurine. One month’s supply of this fantastic product costs just $12.00. That’s only 40 cents per day to make sure that your dog is getting these important nutrients, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals.

Oils & Essential Fatty Acids:

Dogs need a certain amount of oil in their diets, and if they’re lacking it, their coat will be a clear sign. A lusterless coat can transform after a few days of including a nutritious oil in the diet, such as flax. A dog’s oil requirements can also be met with 1-2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed butter), flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, or ground flax seeds, coconut oil is great too.  A teaspoon or two of organic sunflower, olive, or coconut oil poured over their food will get them to eat anything! Flax and hemp have the added benefit of being Omega-rich.

There are many studies that confirm the powerful healing benefits of giving dogs flax seed oil or another fatty acid blend. To ensure your dogs are receiving the necessary essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6, & 9), add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of vegan essential fatty acid oil.  Flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, or 1 teaspoon of ground or soaked flax seeds. (This is beneficial for vegan humans as well). ‘Total EFA’ oil also serves other purposes such as helping joint function and coat health. These oils are especially important for senior dogs.

Vega EFA Oil Blend is made from a combination of antioxidant and phytonutrient rich seed oils including green tea seed oil and blueberry seed oil. Deva and V-Pure are now producing vegan DHA, long chain fatty-acids from seaweed in a capsule for humans, which you can share with your companion animals.

Cranimals organic supplements contain vegan EFAs like DHA and ALA, as well as beta-carotene and a host of other valuable phytonutrients (urinary tract, dental and heart healthy antioxidants from berry extracts and vitamins and minerals from organic spirulina). The powdered and liquid Cranimals supplements for dogs and cats, as well as their Zendog biscuits, supply EFAs from algae, flax and cranberries.


Being a responsible guardian for any animal means making an effort to ensure that his or her diet is nutritionally complete, just as you would for yourself. The best thing you can do for your animal friends is to continue to keep yourself informed, as  new research being released all the time.

Go  organic where you can.

Quality protein source:


Garbanzo beans (cooked, ground/blended).

Pinto beans are the most non-allergenic food for vegan dogs

Lentils (cooked, mashed and or processed)

Sprouted lentils

Chick peas

Split peas (cooked, mashed and or processed)

Chia seeds






TVP (textured vegetable protein)

Variety of whole grains:

Brown rice







Vegetables raw and cooked:

Orange-colored root vegetables are important sources of beta-carotene





Sweet potatoes


Brussels sprouts

Cabbage cooked


Dark leafy greens (raw and cooked = calcium and iron supplementation)

Supplemental items:



L Carnitine


Ground flax

Amino acids

Essential fatty acids

Nutritional yeast (great source of  B12)

Sea vegetable flakes such as kelp or dulse helps to ensure a dietary source of minerals



Flax seed oil

Hemp seed oil

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Sunflower oil







Herbs:  In small amounts and always check with your vegan vet



Milk Thistle





Please share your successes with us in switching your canines to a healthy cruelty free diet and do help us update our page here for others to share. We would love to hear from you! Are your dogs vegan yet? Have you stopped supporting the cruel factory farming industries, pet, zoo and other entertainment trades, as well as domestic breeding programmes? Do let us know!

Toxins that should never reach your pup.

We are often asked, what is toxic to dogs? Some we know about, however, there are many others we are not aware of that are just as dangerous and poisonous to your companion friend.

Some foods which are edible for humans, and even other species of animals, can pose hazards for dogs because of their different metabolism. Some may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death.  This list is, of course, incomplete because we can not possibly list everything your dog should not eat.

There is a lot of food that your dog should never eat.  You may find the below information and some of the items on this list rather surprising.

In alphabetical order:


Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark may contain a toxic principle known as persin. The Guatemalan variety, a common one found in stores, appears to be the most problematic. Other varieties of avocado can have different degrees of toxic potential. Birds, rabbits, and some large animals, including horses, are especially sensitive to avocados, as they can have respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death from consuming avocado. While avocado is toxic to some animals, in dogs and cats, we do not expect to see serious signs of illness. In some dogs and cats, mild stomach upset may occur if the animal eats a significant amount of avocado flesh or peel. Ingestion of the pit can lead to obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract, which is a serious situation requiring urgent veterinary care.

Baby foods:

Some baby food contains onion powder which can be toxic to dogs. Although baby food without onion or garlic in it is fine, it is actually low in nutritional value for dogs, and may result in nutritional deficiencies.

Bones from fish and chicken and other meat sources:

Bones from fish and chicken can cause obstruction and laceration of the digestive system. If they get lodged in the intestines, they may need to be surgically removed.

Bread Dough:

Raw bread dough made with live yeast can be hazardous if ingested by dogs. When raw dough is swallowed, the warm, moist environment of the stomach provides an ideal environment for the yeast to multiply, resulting in an expanding mass of dough in the stomach. Expansion of the stomach may be severe enough to decrease blood flow to the stomach wall, resulting in the death of tissue. Additionally, the expanding stomach may press on the diaphragm, resulting in breathing difficulty. Perhaps more importantly, as the yeast multiplies, it produces alcohols that can be absorbed, resulting in alcohol intoxication. Affected dogs may have distended abdomens and show signs such as a lack of coordination, disorientation, stupor and vomiting (or attempts to vomit). In extreme cases, coma or seizures may occur and could lead to death from alcohol intoxication. Dogs showing mild signs should be closely monitored, and dogs with severe abdominal distension or dogs who are so inebriated that they can’t stand up should be monitored by a veterinarian until they recover.


Chocolate intoxication is most commonly seen around certain holidays like Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day, but it can happen any time dogs have access to products that contain chocolate, such as chocolate candy, cookies, brownies, chocolate baking goods, cocoa powder and cocoa shell-based mulches. The compounds in chocolate that cause toxicosis are caffeine and theobromine, which belong to a group of chemicals called methylxanthines. The rule of thumb with chocolate is “the darker it is, the more dangerous it is.” White chocolate has very few methylxanthines and is of low toxicity. Dark baker’s chocolate has very high levels of methylxanthines, and plain, dry unsweetened cocoa powder contains the most concentrated levels of methylxanthines. Depending on the type and amount of chocolate ingested, the signs seen can range from vomiting, increased thirst, abdominal discomfort and restlessness to severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, high body temperature, seizures and death. Dogs showing more than mild restlessness should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Citrus oil extracts:

Can cause vomiting.

Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine:

Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a dog. And, there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. In addition to tea and coffee  including beans and grounds, caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It’s also in some cold medicines and pain killers.

Ethanol (Also Known as Ethyl Alcohol, Grain Alcohol or Drinking Alcohol):

Dogs are far more sensitive to ethanol than humans are. Even ingesting a small amount of a product containing alcohol can cause significant intoxication. Dogs may be exposed to alcohol through drinking alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine or mixed drinks (those with milk, like White Russians and “fortified” egg nog), alcohol-containing elixirs and syrups, and raw yeast bread dough (please see the above section on bread dough). Alcohol intoxication commonly causes vomiting, loss of coordination, disorientation and stupor. In severe cases, coma, seizures and death may occur. Dogs showing mild signs of alcohol intoxication should be closely monitored, and dogs who are so inebriated that they can’t stand up should be monitored by a veterinarian until they recover.


Fat trimmed from meat both cooked and uncooked can cause pancreatitis in dogs. It is also not healthy for them as it promotes weight gain.

Fruit Pits and Seeds:

Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, and plum pits contain the toxin cyanide. Signs of cyanide poisoning include vomiting, heavy breathing, apnoea tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmias, coma, skin irritation. In some cases, antidotes are available. Other treatments include oxygen therapy, fluids and supportive care.

Grapes and Raisins:

Grapes and raisins have recently been associated with the development of kidney failure in dogs. At this time, the exact cause of the kidney failure isn’t clear, nor is it clear why some dogs can eat these fruits without harm, while others develop life-threatening problems after eating even a few grapes or raisins. Some dogs eat these fruits and experience no ill effects, but then eat them later on and become very ill. Until the cause of the toxicosis is better identified, the safest course of action is to avoid feeding grapes or raisins to your dog. Dogs experiencing grape or raisin toxicosis usually develop vomiting, lethargy or diarrhea within 12 hours of ingestion. As signs progress, dogs become increasingly lethargic and dehydrated, refuse to eat and may show a transient increase in urination followed by decreased or absent urination in later stages. Death due to kidney failure may occur within three to four days, or long-term kidney disease may persist in dogs who survive the acute intoxication. Successful treatment requires prompt veterinary treatment to maintain good urine flow.


Cultivated hops used for brewing beer have been associated with potentially life-threatening signs in dogs who have ingested them. Both fresh and spent (cooked) hops have been implicated in poisoning dogs. Affected dogs develop an uncontrollably high body temperature (often greater than 108 degrees Fahrenheit), which results in damage to and failure of multiple organ systems. Dogs poisoned by hops become restless, pant excessively, and may have muscle tremors and seizures. Prompt veterinary intervention is necessary to prevent death in these dogs.

Human vitamin supplements containing iron:

Can damage the lining of the digestive system, and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidney.

Jimson weed:

Jimson weed is not only toxic to dogs but at some level toxic to humans as well. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause rapid breathing, pulse, dilated pupils, twitching and diarrhea amongst dogs. It can also lead to convulsions, coma or death.


Lantana is a common perennial flowering plant found in most gardens. The leaves and berries of this plant are toxic to most dogs, and can cause sluggishness, weakness, bloody diarrhea, and in some severe cases even death within 2-4 days if not treated properly.

Large amounts of liver:

Can cause vitamin A toxicity which affects muscle and bones.

Macadamia Nuts:

Although macadamia nut toxicosis is unlikely to be fatal in dogs, it can cause very uncomfortable symptoms that may persist for up to 48 hours. Affected dogs develop weakness in their rear legs, appear to be in pain, may have tremors and may develop a low grade fever. Fortunately, these signs will gradually subside over 48 hours, but dogs experiencing more than mild symptoms can benefit from veterinary care, which may include intravenous fluid therapy and pain control.


Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting and changes in the heart rate.

‘Meat’ :

With today’s highly industrialised fast form conveyor belt factory farming methods, from farm, to slaughter facilities to shelves, you risk feeding your dog with high concentrations of chemicals used in the process, which may be responsible for shortening his life. Fish today carry a variety of levels of mercury as well as other toxins. Toxins from these pollutants weigh heavy on ones health and is a major contributor to many of today’s rising illnesses and concerns including cancer.  One also has to question the moral ethics of supporting an ever growing industry of farmed torture while we silently kill our ‘domesticated companions’.  Whilst wild dogs may naturally hunt in the wild, domesticated canines bread into today’s society can exceed on healthy, well balanced vegan diets. In fact the oldest dog documented to date thrived on a healthy vegan diet and passed at the age of 27.

Milk and dairy food:

Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea.

Moldy Foods:

A wide variety of molds grow on food. Some produce toxins called tremorgenic mycotoxins, which can cause serious or even life-threatening problems if ingested by dogs. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to determine whether a particular mold is producing tremorgenic mycotoxins, so the safest rule of thumb is to avoid feeding dogs moldy food. In other words, if you wouldn’t eat it, neither should your dog. Promptly remove any trash or moldy debris (road-kill, fallen walnuts or fruit, etc.) from your dog’s environment to prevent him from eating it. The signs of tremorgenic mycotoxin poisoning generally begin as fine muscle tremors that progress to very coarse total-body tremors and, finally, convulsions that can lead to death in severe cases. Left untreated, these tremors can last for several weeks. Fortunately, they usually respond well to appropriate veterinary treatment.


Mushroom toxicity does occur in dogs and it can be fatal if certain species of mushroom are eaten. Amanita phalloides is the most commonly reported severely toxic species of mushrooms but other amanita species are toxic. Symptoms include abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma and death.

Mustard seeds:

Should be avoided.

Onions and Garlic:

All close members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, etc.) contain compounds that can damage dogs’ red blood cells if ingested in sufficient quantities. A rule of thumb is “the stronger it is, the more toxic it is.” Garlic tends to be more toxic than onions, on an ounce-for-ounce basis. While it’s uncommon for dogs to eat enough raw onions and garlic to cause serious problems, exposure to concentrated forms of onion or garlic, such as dehydrated onions, onion soup mix or garlic powder, may put dogs at risk of toxicosis. The damage to the red blood cells caused by onions and garlic generally doesn’t become apparent until three to five days after a dog eats these vegetables. Affected dogs may seem weak or reluctant to move, or they may appear to tire easily after mild exercise. Their urine may be orange-tinged to dark red in colour. These dogs should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be needed.

Other Foods to Avoid:

Certain foods, while not considered toxic, can still be unhealthy for your dog. Avoid any foods that are high in fat, sugar or sodium. These foods can contribute to indigestion, obesity, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and more. Dairy products may be difficult for dogs to digest. Corn cobs and bones can cause GI obstruction. Cooked bones may splinter and break easily, risking GI damage. Like people, too much junk food can cause poor condition and decreased energy. Remember that your dog is smaller than you and may be sensitive. What seems like “just a bite” for you is more like a small meal for your dog.


Peaches are not themselves poisonous to dogs, although they can potentially cause diarrhea or loose stools. Much more dangerous however are the peach pits, which contain a chemical called cyanide. Cyanide is extremely toxic and can result in hyperventilation, shock, coma, and even deaths in dogs. Cyanide is also poisonous to humans, and ought to be avoided. The seeds of peaches also have the potential to cause obstruction in the throat or intestinal tract.


Seeds can cause obstruction and enteritis.


Similar to peaches, plums contain chemicals in their pits, that can prove toxic to your companion friend. In fact plum pits contain the same toxic chemical as peach pits cyanide. If consumed this can be poisonous to dogs and humans alike.

Potato, rhubarb and tomato leaves: potato and tomato stems:

Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.


One of the most popular holiday plants, it is easily recognisable by their large red, white, pink and mottled leaves. These plants also contain a thick, milky irritant sap. In general it would take ingestion of a large amount of this plant to see possible clinical signs in your dog. Signs can include vomiting, anorexia and depression. The symptoms are generally self limiting and treatment is rarely needed. Your vet may recommend limiting food and water intake for 1-2 hours.

Raw eggs:

Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain salmonella.

Raw fish:

Raw fish can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in sever cases death.


Raw salt can cause vomiting, dehydration and tremors when consumed in excess. You dog should have neither salty foods nor salt on it’s own.  If your dog consumes enough salt, he may suffer the effects of sodium ion poisoning, which includes seizures, coma and death.

Sugary foods:

Can lead to obesity, dental problems and possibly diabetes mellitus.


Contains nicotine which affect the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma and death.


Walnut and macadamia nut toxicosis is not likely to be fatal for dogs, but it can affect digestive, muscle and nervous systems. Dogs with more than mild symptoms need veterinary care, including intravenous fluids and pain control medication.

Your Medicine:

Reaction to a drug commonly prescribed for humans is the most common cause of poisoning in dogs. Just as you would do for your children, keep all medicines out of your dog’s reach. And, never give your dog any over-the-counter medicine unless told to do so by your vet. Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine. And, they can be deadly for your dog.


Xylitol is a non-caloric sweetener that is widely used in sugar-free gum, as well as in sugar-free baked products. In humans, xylitol does not affect blood sugar levels, but in dogs, ingestion of xylitol can lead to a rapid and severe drop in blood sugar levels. Dogs may develop disorientation and seizures within 30 minutes of ingesting xylitol-containing products, or signs may be delayed for several hours. Some dogs who ingest large amounts of xylitol develop liver failure, which can be fatal. All dogs ingesting xylitol-containing products should be examined by a veterinarian immediately.


~ Active Vegan ~

Have you had any other experiences with other ‘foods’ that have had ‘negative’ impact on your pup. Please do let us know.

Healthy, happy, vegan dog.

Innocent victims of dog food negligence.

Legal loophole: pet food companies have dangerous preservatives added before they receive the ‘raw’ products to exploit a legal loophole. Pet foods labels as chemical and preservative free are actually choc full of deadly poisons.

All animal derived commercial dog foods are garbage.

Before materials used for pet food are shipped from the slaughterhouse to the rendering plant, the by- product is ‘denatured’. This means that crude carbolic acid, cresylic disinfectant and citronella is sprayed on the product

The most powerful and toxic preservative, called ethoxyquin, linked to cancers, allergies and immune system collapse is not listed in the ingredients label, because ‘pet ‘ food companies don’t have to let you know about dangerous chemicals added before they receive the ‘raw’ products.

Please don’t let ignorant tragedy become your own. Years of research through dog experts, vets and dog owners from all over the world  on commercial dog food and proper canine health and nutrition has proved  that major dog food companies fill their brands with toxic processed foods also containing preservatives to increase its shelf life and maximise their profits. The preservatives found in some commercial dog food could destroy your dogs kidneys and other organs. Preservatives are not the only reason that dog food kills dogs.

If you think that foods that you buy with foods labels that say they are chemical and preservative free makes them safe, then think again.

Commercial dog food contains at least 6 dangerous chemicals which are banned from human foods because they cause kidney cancer, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, skin cancer, spleen cancer, leukaemia, liver dysfunction, major organ failure, immune system collapse, severe allergic reactions, blindness, chronic diarrhea, hair loss, behaviour problems including increased aggressiveness.

Another dirty trick pet food companies pull on us as well as on our companion friends:

Your dogs food contains pets  (cat’s and dog’s), killed by lethal injection.  The city of L.A alone sends some 200 tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a pet food plant every month.  The true horror is the drug used to kill these stray and abandoned animals, called sodium pentobarbital, is not broken down by the manufacturing process and is still present in active form in your dogs food.

Some veterinarians and animal advocates have known about the dangers of sodium pentobarbital residue in commercial pet food, yet the danger has not been alleviated.

The euthanized pets are thrown into the rendering vats still with their collars, ID tags and plastic bags they arrive in.

Dog food companies don’t stop with pets.

Your dog is also eating euthanized animals from zoos, animal control and putrid, decaying road kill scraped off the road with a shovel, as well as left over animal parts from slaughter facilities whom have been fed and injected with various chemicals.

Can it get any worse than that?

All of these dead animals and other ghastly materials are processed until the portion left over for dog food is a brown powder, which consists of 25% fecal matter.

Pet food is a 13 billion dollar ultra competitive industry.

The pet food industry is dominated by gigantic companies with thousands of shareholders, who care about share prices and profits, first and foremost not your dog.

Does any of the above actions from dog food companies sound respectful to your dogs! Do you still trust the dog food ads featuring smiling vets and dog breeders telling you the food they present is everything that your dog needs?

If you continue to feed your dog on commercial animal derived pet food, you are dooming them to a painful, traumatic death, an innocent death.

3 step solution

Stop using animal derived commercial dog food as your only or main source of food. This step is the most important and you ought to make the switch within the next couple of days.  But you can’t make this change unless you have a good alternative plan of action in place.

Also learn how to read all commercial dog food labels. The grocery Manufacturers Of America, the National Food Processors Association, and The Pet Food Institute join together and lobby against the FDA to keep the labelling terms used as confusing and misleading as possible. Make the switch to a reputable vegan dog food label gradually but as soon as possible.

Get some healthy , well balanced vegan dog food recipes and start feeding your dog healthy,home made vegan food. It’s very easy if you know how to specifically cook for dogs.  You can even cook a large batch and then freeze portions which can be eaten over several days or even over a couple of weeks.  But we sure to have a good source of recipes written as they have specific requirements.

Benefits of survival guide to help make your dog live a longer, healthier life.

Your companion friend will live longer.

He looks and feels much healthier.

He maintains a perfect weight.

He loves what you feed him.

You save a fortune on veterinary care.

His teeth are cleaner and his breath smells better.

He passes up to 80% less gas.

He has smaller less stinky poos.

No artificial additives and no unidentified rotting objects in his diet means he is healthier, better behaved and safer around children.

You actually save more money as you do in every well balanced, well planed, healthier diet.

You are no longer contributing a fortune to companies who feed your companion poisonous food they know is actually killing your dog.

You can add the single most important ingredient that is only possible in vegan home made food and dehydrated vegan food (your love).

Take a look at the continued promotion of the suffering of animals across the board, whether we choose to  feed our companion friends with both commercialised animal derived products, and or raw materials which comes from the suffering of other animals.  There is no reason at all that domesticated dogs cannot thrive on a wonderful variety of healthy, well balanced, home cooked plant based meals as well as dehydrated vegan brands with healthy nutritional supplements.  It is not ethical to feed your companions other slaughtered animals.  We’re not saying that anyone is a bad person for doing so, we’re simply saying that all animals deserve to live. Wouldn’t you as an animal lover agree that feeding other slaughtered beings to your companions is cruel?  Making that switch not only improves your best friends health though also decreases the unnecessary suffering of other sentience that are used to feed the ever exploding unwanted population of canines that have been  bred in the world today.


How to make healthy vegan meals for your favourite pup:  here are just a few ideas for you to try, there are many!


P.S.  We do recommend that you add the water from your veg to your pups food for optimum health and incorporate this into your recipe.



Ready made vegan dog food, again there are many reputable varieties to try. Here’s just one:


Happy healthy vegan dogs! :

Whilst wild dogs may naturally hunt and eat meat in the wild, they can actually thrive even better on a well balanced vegan diet when domesticated.


Closing thoughts.

Ask yourself:  Would you feed yourself from a can or bag on every meal every day, knowing that you are eating cruelty with toxins, chemicals and antibiotics that make you sick?

Just because your dog is still smiling and is not complaining doesn’t mean that you’re feeding him well or doing the right thing. He trusts you 100% . Let’s honour that trust and put to practice what we preach.

We love and care for our companion friends as if they were human. When they are joyous we smile, when they are sick we worry, and when they pass on we are distraught, saddened and heart broken.  We sincerely hope that your companion friend has an extra long and happy, healthy life through a healthy diet that you provide him with, and that he lives happily right by your side until he passes on from a very old age.


~ Active Vegan ~

Rolling out our newsletter for February 2015!

It’s been such an exciting start to the year! We have so many aspirations and doable goals for 2015, and shall tackle them all monthly! There is just so much to do this year! We have a stunning, dedicated team who sincerely wish to get the wonderful word out there regarding all aspects of being vegan and living life in a true and non violent way!

January saw us finally setting up our brand new website as well as our new twitter account, which will see us rolling out news and wonderful articles daily. Please do join us on both forms of media , share, and lets get the word out there! We feel so blessed and so grateful to social media which today, both allows and encourages us to share our knowledge and compassion with everyone out there who has access to it! It was only a couple of decades ago that this was not a possibility leaving very little room for growth!

So very many people have not been reached yet, are denied free access to all of the health benefits, well being, and are therefore denied the opportunity of living life cruelty free in a cost effective manner.  One of the biggest problem and ‘grey’ areas still, is the lack of compassionate education at school levels. We firmly agree  that most are not taught about veganism at family level, leaving a huge void and a deep gap that slows down much faster  potential room for growth. One of the  biggest obstacles still lies with government to get on board this ‘concept’, who have the power to introduce valid reasoning to their communities and to curriculum’s within the schooling educational systems.

We have had the great pleasure to have communicated with so many people across the board who have diverse opinions, sharing insight as to where ‘felt’ current existing problems lie, and how change could effectively be made to run a little faster.  We agree that people cannot be forced to make the switch, they have to be able to understand why making the switch is imperative.  People want to make that connection, they want change but many still don’t quite fully know how to go about it.   People do want to embrace the concept fully however, can only do this when they have access to information.

Every individual connects on a variety of different levels, some connect to the cruelty of sentience and want to save as many animals as they possibly can from torture.  More than 60 billion animals are slaughtered each year not including sea creatures. Each and every vegan can spare over 200 lives per year!

Others connect to the health aspects , whilst some have been through great pain, suffering, and illness and have managed to reverse their symptoms. A vegan diet helps prevent and treats heart disease, reduces the risks of cancer and can actually reverse some cancers within three months, as cancer as well as other illnesses cannot survive in body with a healthy ph balance.  Going vegan can cure diabetes as well as high blood pressure etc.

Many go vegan because they know that it shall help environmental change. ‘Meat’ is not green. Livestock accounts for more than 9% of global carbon dioxide emissions, 40% of global methane emissions, and 65% of global nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Some are passionate about people. The worlds cattle alone consume a quantity of food that is equal to the calorie alone needed for 8.7 billion people which is more than the entire human population on earth! The more people that go vegan, the more hungry  we can feed!

Others are passionate about land. Did you know that the same amount of land can produce enough food that can feed 20 vegans or just one meat eater. 30% of land mass is dedicated to raising animals for food which is about the size of Asia.

Then there is water! Nearly 60% of all water goes to raising animals for food. It takes 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat, 815 gallons to produce 1 pound of chicken, 1630 gallons to produce one pound of pork, and a staggering  5000 gallons to produce just one pound of beef.

Some people make the switch for energy! Balanced vegan diets are naturally free of cholesterol laden and artery clogging animal products.  Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are so high in complex carbohydrates, that they supply the body with plenty of energising fuel!

Then some find the beauty aspect appealing. With no animal fat, weight goes down naturally and skin gets cleansed.  Going vegan  has a direct health effect and appearance on skin, hair and nails.

Others simply do it to avoid toxic chemicals. Nearly 95% of the pesticide residue in the meat eaters typical diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products.  Fish contains carcinogens and heavy metals . Meat and dairy are fortified with steroids and hormones.

Finally some find the discovery of taking their eating experience to a whole new level. Experience new foods, discover new tastes, experiment and enjoy!

All of the above are valid reasons to go vegan however, we firmly believe that it ought to be primarily about abolishing animal cruelty. Having said this though, we do respect the connection that individuals make in order to accomplish the ultimate goal of living ones life as a vegan. So with such a diverse culture of people throughout the world, we are highly excited and motivated. and fully embrace all reasoning in uniting everyone whom we believe to be heading in the same direction.  The links are strong!

Whilst all of these topics will be covered daily to continue to encourage, engage and unite, we shall also focus primarily on something quite different for February, which we shall update you on in our  March newsletter, should efforts pan out to be a success!

In the mean time we strongly recommend that you to talk about veganism, and all of it’s wonderful values and benefits to as many as you possibly can! May February bring you much joy and health, and may you be positive in everything that you do.  We encourage you to touch the lives of as many as you can! Be an ~ Active Vegan ~ every second of your day!


~ Active Vegan ~

What is your reason to go vegan! Please do let us know, we would love to hear from you!

Egg replacements

Have a favourite recipe that you’d like to make egg-free? It’s easy! There are a variety of things you can use depending on the type of recipe. So very many are still struggling with the concept of replacing eggs in their cooking.  This ought to make it a lot easier for you ! Try it and see how great you start feeling!

Baked Goods.

You can use any of the following substitutions for cakes, cookies, muffins, breads and other baked goods which use eggs as a binder (to hold them together). Some of these may change the taste of your recipe, so pick the one that would work best (for example, banana goes great in pancakes and recipes with chocolate or vanilla, flax seeds go well in nutty recipes, apple sauce in fruity recipes).

 1 egg = 1/2 banana (mashed)

1 egg = 1 T ground flax seeds soaked in 3 T water

1 egg = 1/4 cup apple sauce

1 egg = 1 T oil + 2 t baking powder + 2 T water

1 egg = 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg = 1 T of chia seed to 3 T of warm water

1 egg = 1.5 t Ener-G Egg Replacer + 2 T water (see below)

Ener-G Egg Replacer is a balanced blend of different flours, starches and leaveners, and works very well replacing eggs in any recipe without affecting the taste. Note that the powder must be mixed with the water prior to adding it into the recipe. It is inexpensive and available at most health food stores, vegetarian grocery stores, and also online.

Quiche and Custards.

For recipes that are very “eggy” and not fluffy, purée 1/4 cup soft tofu (unsweetened) per egg in the recipe. Make sure it’s well blended to avoid chunkiness in the final product.

Breakfast Scramble and “Egg” Salad.

Crumble about 1/3 cup of medium firm tofu in place of each egg in recipe.

When you get used to the idea it’s easy! Put it to practice!  If you are not already vegan consider going vegan.  Kick the eggs out of your plan altogether! Go healthy, cut out ‘unhealthy cholesterol and cruelty from your life! It really is that easy – the choice is yours.